Poorly Fitting Dentures
Do Your Dentures Fit Poorly?
Poorly fitting dentures are uncomfortable and hard to chew with. They make gums tender and sore. They rock and jiggle during chewing and talking. People with poorly fitting dentures eventually find themselves avoiding fresh fruits and vegetables and chewy meats and choosing soft foods. How dentures fit affects chewing, smiling, talking, laughing and whether we do it easily or painfully.
Why Do Dentures Stop Fitting Well?
Dentures stay in place based on how well they “match” or fit the jaw bone and gums. Unfortunately, the jaw bone and gums are constantly changing. Without teeth to keep the bone in place, bone gradually resorbs. While the ridge of bone under the denture changes, the denture doesn’t change. This results in an uneven fit that causes sore spots and looseness.
Is It Possible to Fix Poorly Fitting Dentures?
Yes! Depending on how much the jaw bone has changed, there are several possibilities. A simple “Reline” involves replacing the lining of the denture base and can work wonders for sore gums. Sometimes it is best to do a “Rebase” and put a new base on the denture to refit the denture to the gums and eliminate problems. In some cases, we recommended replacing the base and the teeth as well. However, the best fix for poorly fitting dentures is usually to add stabilizing dental implants because this stabilizes the bone, slowing the rate that bone changes, and it also stabilizes the denture and reduces pressure on the gums.
Are Denture Fixes Permanent Solutions?
Dental implants are the only permanent denture solution because they are the only solution that stops bone loss and bone change in any way. Without implants to retain bone, the bone will continually decrease causing a narrowing of the jaw ridge under the denture and a constantly worsening fit. Relines, Rebases and Remakes are all great solutions that fix denture fit for a while.
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